The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Pakistan has announced the temporary closure of two runways at Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport due to the emergence of cracks, raising concerns about flight operations.
This decision comes in the wake of the aviation industry’s heightened focus on safety and infrastructure maintenance.
The CAA, which is responsible for supervising air travel in Pakistan, revealed that the runways with designations 25-L and 7-R at Karachi airport have developed cracks that require immediate attention. In response to this issue, the CAA has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) detailing the schedule for necessary repairs. The plan involves the closure of both runways on a daily basis for the next five months.
The main objective of this closure is to facilitate thorough repair work to address the cracks and ensure the long-term safety and reliability of the airport’s infrastructure. To mitigate disruptions to air travel as much as possible, the CAA has worked in coordination with various airlines to keep them informed about the upcoming runway closures and adjustments to flight operations.
Throughout the repair period, flights will be rerouted to alternative runways, thus ensuring that passenger and cargo services can continue with minimal interruption. The CAA’s proactive approach aligns with international aviation standards, which emphasize the importance of regular maintenance and comprehensive safety checks to uphold the highest levels of aviation safety and operational integrity.
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